I don't know if I would've chosen any other half as my first. I chose it mainly because it fit with my schedule and I had plenty of time to train for it. I trained for 9 months. Yes, maybe too much time, but since I had never done miles 5-13.1, I wanted to build slowly. I also had to deal with a nagging injury for 7 of those months. Yeah, not cool. I pulled my hip flexor playing soccer that March and couldn't find the right strengthening exercise, and I tried everything. I didn't find the right exercise until the day after Thanksgiving.
My parents and their friends had done many Disney races, so I wasn't going into the race with a trial by fire mindset. I took all the advice I could get. I did a 10k to submit a time for my corral placement. I built very slowly over those 9 months. I strength trained. I got better shoes from my LRS now that I was building beyond a 5k. I stuck with the same breakfast, same running gear, had a great playlist, and I had experimented with fuel. Gels were a big no-no and I was using Honey Stinger chews. I had those separated into small ziplock bags and crammed them into the pockets I had in my running shorts.
I wanted to just cross that finish line, but I didn't stop for any pictures. I didn't have a camera with me, and I would've been too antsy to wait in line. I figured I'd do what I did after Mickey's 5k in 2010 and take pictures with the characters after the race. Like Marie :)
|2010 W&D weekend|
Unfortunately I didn't have time to hit the parks after the race. Lunch was late and I wasn't moving the fastest. OK, Grandma Moses could've out-walked me after my muscles got tight. Holy crap! My flight was leaving that evening too, which wasn't great either. More sitting when I needed to be stretching. Needless to say the next day my muscles felt worse. At least I took the day off from work. My advice for newbies would be if you can, schedule your flight for at least the next day. Walk around after your first half to try to keep those muscles as loose as possible.